Discovery Gateway and KultureCity have partnered to ensure all programs and events in the museum are sensory-inclusive. This partnership will foster a more accommodating and positive experience for all guests with sensory issues visiting the museum.
The certification process entailed the staff at Discovery Gateway being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory-inclusive venues and events including the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, 5 NFL stadiums, 5 NHL arenas, and countless zoos, science centers, and aquariums across the nation.
Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the museum who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Families also have access to a dedicated sensory room for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Locations in the museum have been identified as noisy. In these areas, individuals who have a sensitivity to noise may want to use the noise-canceling headphones that are included in the sensory bag. (7 – 8 areas)
Derby Track – upper museum level
Saving Lives entrance – upper museum level
Move It! – upper museum level
Garden (2 signs) – main museum level
Water Play – main museum level
Macey's – main museum level
Farm – main museum level
Easily accessible locations in the museum have been identified for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment. (8 areas)
Lower atrium – level 0
By the Theatre/Upper atrium – level +2
Laundry room hallway – main museum level
Art Studio – main museum level
Hall behind photo booth – upper museum level
STEAM Lab hall – upper museum level